The Skipper Bay Trail is an easy paved trail that follows the east shore of Utah Lake providing excellent views of the surrounding wetlands and the mountains above Utah Valley. This trail is suitable for adults and children of any skill level and can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.


The Skipper Bay Trail begins just north of Utah Lake State Park at 40.23929,-111.73418.

  1. To reach the trailhead from I-15, take exit 265 for Provo Center Street and continue west on Center Street towards Utah Lake State Park.
  2. After approximately 2.5 miles you will reach the Utah Lake State Park entrance.
  3. Do not enter the park; turn right onto North Boat Harbor Drive.
  4. Continue to a “T” in the road and turn left onto 4200 West.

There is no formal parking lot, but you may park alongside the dead-end road. The trail begins on the north side at the end of the road.

The Route

From the trailhead, the Skipper Bay Trail winds north offering outstanding views of the Wasatch Mountain skyline towering over Utah Valley. About a half mile in, the trail nears the shore of Utah Lake, providing excellent views of the wetlands and wildlife that exist here. Birders will particularly enjoy this trail as it can be a hotspot for migratory birds as they make their way through Utah each year.

At 0.9 miles there is a small pavilion with a picnic table. At 1 mile, the trail ends. The long-term plan for this trail is for it to continue north along the shore and eventually connect to the Jordan River Parkway.

Rules and Regulations

  • Open from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.
  • Open to foot traffic and bicycling.
  • Pets are allowed on a leash.
  • Owners must clean up after their pets.
  • No unauthorized motor vehicles allowed.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.